- Although activating HDR on your PC with Windows 11 operating system makes sense because it will give you much better sensations when playing games and it works better than in Windows 10, not everyone can do it.
- You must meet a series of requirements to be able to enable HDR in Windows 11 and, in addition, you must courage when it is convenient to have it active, for example with your video games, and when it interferes, for example on the Desktop
As in Windows 10, in Windows 11 we have some interesting features that for most users will go unnoticed, but that for others will acquire a special value as soon as they are activated. This is precisely the case with HDR. And although to have this possibility it is necessary to have a 100% compatible computer, We show you how to enable HDR in Windows 11 to enjoy a very different image.
First of all, of course, if you come from Windows 10 you will probably think that activating HDR may not be worth it. Let us tell you that HDR performance in Windows 11 is far superior, and that you really should use it.
Another advantage is that there are different ways to enable HDR in the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. Among everything you need to know about Windows 11, without a doubt this is one of the most relevant questions.
What should you know about HDR in Windows 11?
HDR (high dynamic range) is first and foremost a feature that influences your computer screen. Therefore, you need a television or monitor with sufficient capabilities to run it, and that implies that You will have to meet a series of requirements, without which you will not even have the option to activate HDR.
At first, an HDR display compatible with the HDR10 standard is required, but you should also consider other items such as a DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI2.0 cable and a PlayReady 3.0 ready GPU.
As we said, if you try to enable HDR, and you notice that the option is not available, that basically indicates that you are not meeting some of the above requirements. It’s a shame, but there is little you can do about it.
How to enable HDR on a Windows 11 PC
Using a keyboard shortcut
The fastest way to enable HDR in Windows 11 is with a keyboard shortcut, as with other features. In fact, it is the one we recommend because when HDR is on, the Windows Desktop may show some imbalances, and so on. you can activate or deactivate this function in just one second.
All you have to do is press the Windows keyboard shortcut + Alt + B and when you do, you will notice that the screen goes black. When the image is recovered, HDR will have been turned on or off accordingly.
Also, an indicator will let you know if you have HDR turned on or if you just turned it off.
Of course, the colors on your Desktop will look significantly different and more vibrant with HDR turned on. However, you should keep in mind that disabling it is one of the tips to save battery in Windows 11.
From Windows Settings
The second way to enable HDR in Windows 11 is through Display Settings, but it takes more time. In any case, you have to right click on a point on the Desktop and enter Display Settings.
Selected the correct monitor, you must scroll down and look for the option Use HDR, enabling it directly from the classic switch. Also, there is an arrow to review advanced settings.
Within specific applications or games
Some video games that support HDR also allow you to turn the feature on and off from menu entries. Doom Eternal, one of the best PC games that you can enjoy right now, is one of those that offers this option.
In the screenshot above, you can see how it is possible to activate Windows 11 HDR from within the game.
This is an advantage in every way, since you don’t even have to leave the game to make that adjustment.